Wellingborough bar holds bake-off competition for Chelsea’s Angels

Vanessa Young with the mayor and mayoress of Wellingborough Malcolm and Veronica Waters
Vanessa Young with the mayor and mayoress of Wellingborough Malcolm and Veronica Waters

A new cafe bar has already raised hundreds of pounds for a charity set up in memory of a little girl.

Castello Lounge in Market Street, Wellingborough, has chosen to support Chelsea’s Angels, the charity in memory of Chelsea Knighton from Irthlingborough who lost her two-year fight with childhood cancer neuroblastoma in 2009, during June.

Staff are holding a series of events throughout the month to raise money, including a bake-off competition on Saturday.

Wellingborough mayor Malcolm Waters and his wife Veronica were asked to judge the cakes and pick a winner, which was Hayley Kyle with her carrot and walnut cake.

The runner-up was Karen Young.

Vanessa Young, who is a supervisor at Castello Lounge as well as its charity ambassador, said: “It was absolutely brilliant.

“I think we had about 15 cakes.

“It was a mixture of people who entered, with staff, family and friends, but there was also at least seven or eight customers.

“It was amazing support.”

Castello Lounge, which is part of the Loungers chain, has been set a target by its head office of raising £450 during the month.

But they decided they wanted to do more and set themselves a target of £1,000, which they have already nearly reached with £925 raised so far.

Their fundraising efforts, which have also included a medium night, will go towards keeping Chelsea’s legacy alive.

Chelsea’s one wish before she died was for her family to help other poorly children like her and this led to Chelsea’s Angels being set up in 2010.

Since then, the Irthlingborough-based charity has raised thousands of pounds and worked tirelessly to help other youngsters going through treatment and their families.

One of the ways it helps families is buying something to put a smile on the child’s face or by offering financial support to the family.

This could be to cover costs such as fuel to get to and from hospital appointments, or to cover bills or mortgage payments.

They also donate care packs to youngsters being treated on the ward at Leicester Royal Infirmary where Chelsea was treated.

For more details about forthcoming events for Chelsea’s Angels during June, search for Castello Lounge on Facebook.